Social Policy

Economics of Happiness

Reuters/Carlos Barria - A homeless woman sits on a bench few blocks away from the White House in downtown Washington, September 1, 2015.


Unhappiness in America

May 27, 2016, Carol Graham

In her latest research, Carol Graham examines the deep divisions in the United States—not just in terms of income and opportunity, but in terms of hopes and dreams, and how optimism varies across racial groups.

  • In the News

    Individuals with high levels of well-being have better outcomes; they believe in their futures and invest in them. In contrast, those without hope for their futures typically do not make such investments.

    June 7, 2016, Carol Graham, The Washington Post
  • In the News

    In Japan, significant changes have taken place that create a lot of uncertainty for millennials.

    May 25, 2016, Mireya Solís, Bloomberg
  • In the News

    While some cities in the U.S. have tried to measure the well-being of their communities, and not just their economic growth, Bhutan's model is not an experiment that can be replicated.

    April 14, 2016, Carol Graham, ABC News
  • In the News

    The findings in [Satoshi Kanazawa and Norman Li's new research on happiness] suggest (and it is no surprise) that those with more intelligence and the capacity to use it...are less likely to spend so much time socializing because they are focused on some other longer term objective.

    March 18, 2016, Carol Graham, The Washington Post
  • In the News

    The creation of ministries for happiness can be a diversion and may even border on the government telling people how to be happy or that they should be happy.

    February 10, 2016, Carol Graham, The Washington Post
  • In the News

    At a time when unemployment, workforce productivity and health problems related to an aging population present multifaceted challenges, exploring the potential contribution of flexible-work arrangements in meeting these challenges is a low-risk and potentially high pay-off proposition.

    February 2, 2016, Carol Graham, Forbes
  • In the News

    People in most countries in the world get happier and wiser as they age. The middle-aged slump turns upward earlier for those who are innately happier, giving them more happy life years to enjoy.

    February 1, 2016, Carol Graham, Think Advisor
  • Paper | Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis

    January 28, 2016, Carol Graham

  • Paper | IZA

    January 21, 2016, Milena Nikolova and Boris Nikolaev

  • In the News

    Happiness is high in childhood, then begins a descent that bottoms out in midlife, then ascends again, so long as people remain healthy and have good relationships.

    December 22, 2015, Carol Graham, Deseret News

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